PC Andrew Harper was newly-wed just four weeks ago

18 Août, 2019, 16:56 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Andrew Harper

Harper, with the Roads Policing Proactive Unit, was killed in Berkshire, in southeast England, at 11:30 p.m. local time Thursday.

Tragic PC Andrew Harper, 28, was struck by a vehicle and dragged along the road after he arrived on the scene at 11.30pm close to the A4 Bath Road, near Reading and Newbury last night.

Thames Valley Police confirmed they had opened an investigation into the officer's death and that 10 people, all male and aged between 13 and 30, had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The police officer who was killed while investigating a reported burglary last night was a newlywed who tied the knot just weeks ago.

Det Supt Ailsa Kent told a press conference: "A post-mortem was carried out on Andrew's body and the cause of death has been recorded as multiple injuries".

Chief Constable John Campbell said PC Harper was at the scene with a fellow officer and was out of his police vehicle when the incident occurred.

Officers descended on Four Houses Corner, a council-run permanent travellers' site around three miles away.

"Andrew was a Roads Policing Officer who was based at Abingdon Police Station". He and his wife Lissie had been due to go on their honeymoon in a few days, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Patel said: "The brutal and mindless killing of PC Andrew Harper on Thursday was a truly appalling and sickening act".

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of the death: "I am deeply shocked and appalled by the death of a courageous officer on duty in Thames Valley last night".

Police are now focusing their investigation on one vehicle, understood to be a Seat, following the incident shortly after 11pm on August 15.

Forensic investigators have erected two white tents at the scene and been collecting items from road and taking photographs.

Images show the couple celebrating their wedding at the award-winning Ardington House, a Georgian manor set in gardens and parkland in Oxfordshire.

Mr Barber said: "Many people will have only heard the news yesterday and it does hit hard the morning after".

Several residents living nearby in cottages and farmhouses said they had not had any problems with thieves targeting their property. I can't begin to tell you how we feel. He joined Thames Valley Police as a Special Constable in 2010. We confront danger on a daily basis.

Another of PC Harper's friends who changed their picture to the "thin blue line".

Mr Campbell said PC Harper was a "highly regarded, popular member of the team", adding: "Everybody I've spoken to about Andrew talked about the incredible personality he was, what a fantastic police officer, and what a great friend and man he was, and he'll be sorely missed by everybody".

"Such terrible news", one person wrote, "Sending our condolences to you and your sister and family". "Obviously all our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his colleagues".



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